Why Witches? (Macbeth, Act 1 Scenes 1-3)

Hi!

A prompt was assigned to this blog.  We are to discuss why Shakespeare depicts the Three Weird Sisters as witches rather than, lets say, angels.  The prompt also revolved around the following quote:

Banquo: What, can the devil speak true?

Act 1, Scene 3, Line 106

Banquo’s line here is partially a give-away.  He reveals that in those times, people viewed witches as an evil force.

Now what news do the witches give Macbeth?  I seems to be joyous news of his good fortune, and is even confirmed seconds after the sister tell it to him.  Unfortunately, his future holds a darker path.  We all know of Macbeth’s tragic end, as well as the horrible things that he does before his demise.  If the weird sisters knew the good in his future they must have also known the bad, and this eventually becomes evident to the audience.

Macbeth would probably not have been driven to kill Duncan, as well as everyone else that he kills, if it hadn’t been for the prophesy of the witches.  They purposely play a major role in Macbeth’s later life.  Macbeth became their puppet.

Now lets rewind.  Shakespeare made the Sisters witches for a reason, and we’ve seen that they did not just give our tragic hero a glimpse of his future, but also drove him to do execrable things.  This evil intent is obvious to the audience, and what did people of that time first think of when they heard “evil?”  Witches.

In the words of the dad in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,”

“There you go!”

-Paulie 🙂

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